- Twitter is in talks with Zain, the regional mobile operator,
. For Twitter, this is a good deal if Zain will send all those texts for free, for Zain, this is a good deal in terms of adding a trendy new bell and whistle to its service. But does anyone really want to recieve all their tweets via text message anymore? And don't most people have a smartphone with a Twitter app?
- Speaking of Zain, its shareholders will vote this week on
in the company. Opening the door for a possible stake sale to another telco or institutional investor? Was Etisalat's seemingly crazy
possibly less crazy than it sounded?
- Atheeb's rollout of a national WiMax internet network in Saudi Arabia continues,
, reports ITP.net. There has been a lot of smack talked about WiMax, and it does seem to be a technology destined for nichedom. But it certainly seems like a good way to quickly roll out a competitive new broadband internet network, something needed in markets all across the region.
- Last week's
for startup companies in the UAE was widely hailed as good news for entrepreneurs. But The National's Wayne Arnold